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The environmental biomonitoring in the area of Castano Primo was carried out over a two-year period from 2000 until 2002. During the course of the last year, the air, water, soil-sediment and plants compartments were investigated to evaluate the distribution and concentration of inorganic persistent polluted substances.

The results obtained did not show unusual or worrying environmental situations. However, they highlighted some issues that are common to urban-agricultural-industrial towns such as Castano Primo. Through the analysis of mosses it can be observed that road traffic introduces heavy metals such as Pb, Cr, Cu, Zn, and Pd into the environment. "Snap-shot sampling" of water quality in the area indicated that some values exceeded the thresholds imposed by the current law for human use. Sediment analysis showed a positive condition related to the surface layers while allowing the study to trace that a situation of environmental deterioration has occurred over the past few years. The analysis of soils and the survey of some maize plants showed the negative impact of intensive farming as far as the accumulation of trace elements is concerned. The survey allowed the collection of data that defies the environmental situation and, at the same time, the creation of a database for future researches with the hope that such investigations will be more strongly pursued.

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Authors: DABERGAMI D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);CENCI R M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20380 EN (2002), pp.61. Free of charge.
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Record Number: 200215004 / Last updated on: 2002-07-23
Original language: it
Available languages: it
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